“You Need to Calm Down” was released on Taylor Swift’s Lover album back in 2019. The song was released leading up to the 2020 elections, and right after the November 2018 elections when Swift endorsed Phil Bredesen, a Democrat running for senate in Tennessee, as well as shocking the country music community by speaking out about politics, and being a democrat. After speaking out about her political beliefs, then President, Donald Trump, said to the media that he ‘likes her [Swift’s] music 25% less now”. It was around this time as well that the Gay pride movement was playing a huge role in the 2020 presidential elections throughout everyone’s campaigns. The lyrics ‘you just need to take several seats, and then try to restore the peace, and control your urges to scream about all the people you hate, ‘cause shade never made anybody less gay”. This seemingly is a hit at President Trump and the Republican Party in regards to whatever they say or policies that they create, it doesn’t change people’s sexuality. The pop genre is what makes this song. The catchiness and repetitiveness of the chorus gets the message across multiple times and gets the song stuck in your head – which is perfect for creating a song with a political message, because it makes it much more memorable. Taylor Swift is known for writing her own songs, so the performance vs writer of the lyrics does not make much of a difference. The lyrics “Why are you mad? When you could be GLAAD” offers additional critique because if you were not reading the lyrics, and just listening to the song, you would not recognize the way that GLAAD is spelled and how it represents the LGBT organization. Furthermore, the delivery in the video at the end is intriguing. Taylor Swift created a change.org petition that was placed at the end of the video, which stated “Last year, the House passed the Equality Act, which would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their places of work, homes, schools, and other public accommodations. The next step is that the bill will go before the Senate. While there’s no information yet as to when the Equality Act will go before the Senate for a vote, we do know this: Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. That’s why I’ve created this petition to urge the Senate to support the Equality Act” (Swift). This was followed up at the VMAs when Taylor Swift won her award for the “You Need to Calm Down” video and she called out the White House for not responding to her petition, which had nearly twice the amount of signatures that would warrant a response from the White House, which was once again, a hit towards President Trump. Overall “You Need to Calm Down” is incredibly political as a song, but the deep dive into the music video will prove that even more.